11 December 2011

Gaudete

Advent lasts for four Sundays, and the third Sunday is called "Gaudete Sunday."  Gaudete, pronounced GOW-deh-tay, means "rejoice" in Latin.  Gaudete Sunday is a day for rejoicing, anticipating, and, if you're a little behind the 8-ball, for decking the halls.

Today is the day we light the pink candle on the wreath.

To everything there is a season.  This is not the season for dieting or self-denial.  It's the season for cookies and candy canes and wrapping paper and cards from old friends I haven't seen in years, and hanging the stockings by the chimney with care.


Bobby and Sarah helped Dad set up the tree.  They decided to name it "Douglas."  (It's not ready for trimming yet; it will take a day or two to open its branches fully.)




Becky set up the crêche.

  

If you've been reading this blog for a year, you know I'm missing a wise man.  Don't let me forget:  this is the year I'm going to figure out which one I need, and to finally get it.


Last night was the Madrigal Festival at school.  Today, my little bell choir practiced "O Come, O Come Emmanuel" for next week, and "O Come All Ye Faithful" for Christmas Eve.  Later this afternoon, Bobby practiced his carols on the piano.


Finally, I pulled out the Christmas china today and ran it through the dishwasher; we'll use it for the next several weeks in place of our usual white stuff.

Speaking of white stuff, we are all hoping for snow.  I know a lot of people who hate snow, but we're not among them.  Besides being skiers, we're optimists.  We believe in white Christmases.  Now that we're all decked, and have tons of cookies, a little snow is all we need to be completely ready.  It won't be long now!




2 comments:

Miss Charming said...

It seems as though you are all ready for Christmas. We're hoping for snow too but it doesn't seem too likely in Texas.

nalyn said...

I spy 3 Magi..camel 1, kneeling 2, and behind Mary 3...